You have reported a bad site on Google Webmaster Tools SPAM report.

Assuming you are sure it was a bad site, did you see Google punishing it or doing something after your report?


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I did once, for a site which had lots of hidden links.

I received no acknowledgment, but within 7 days the offending site disappeared from the front page of results (I didn't check how far down they slipped, they may well have disappeared altogether) they re-appeared 6-7 weeks later, slightly further down the first page with the hidden links removed.

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    The system works! Though I personally prefer the personalized search Google used to offer, where you could choose to hide a website from all your future search results. It takes less time than filing a report, and if Google added a "mark as spam" button (since sometimes you might hide a site that is irrelevant to your search, but not spam) they could apply the same type of collaborative filtering that Gmail uses to filter out spam. Oct 29, 2010 at 13:15

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